A, B, C, D, K, fish oil, zinc, magnesium, etc., etc., etc… I cannot keep track of all the health supplements out there and what their benefits are. When I walk into a supplement store, my head wants to explode. How can there be so many? And my question is, do they really work?
Don’t get me wrong, I have taken vitamins. I always took my Flintstones back in the day and as an adult, I have dabbled in the supplement game. The past two years I took some things to keep my immune system running well and I have a daily multivitamin for women over 50…don’t laugh, I get a good deal on it at Sam’s Club. I go back and forth with it. I do really good for months at a time, then they just sit there judging me for months at a time. I guess that’s the same with everything I do.
The problem is that I really don’t know if they are working or not. I don’t feel any big difference. Am I supposed to? The only thing I know for sure is when I drink caffeine, I am alert and when I skip it, I am sluggish…so you know that means I am always caffeinated. I wish I could be as sure about the health supplements.
I walk around the store and look at all the bottles, mesmerized by all the claims they make. Neil takes a lot of supplements because he likes to work out, so he is totally up to date on all the latest research and things. I ask if he really feels the difference and he says yes, so maybe I just don’t get it. Example, they say taking cinnamon is good for sugar levels…does that mean my sugar level is better in the fall because of all the Pumpkin Spice Lattes I drink? How about vitamin D? I know it’s needed, and we get plenty of it from the sun, does the pill form work just as well if sunlight isn’t available to you?
I know the best way to get in all the things you need is with a healthy whole food kind of diet. Weren’t people healthier and not in need of all these pills and powders before the invention of processed foods? I know certain things were available back in the day; Geritol has been around since 1930, but that was the exception, not the rule, right? I am not here to be on any type of soapbox about eating plans, because I love the “bad” foods. I am right up there with the pizza and the candy and the fast food. I wonder though, if we got back to mostly whole foods and the other things in moderation, would we need all the supplements?
I guess in the end all that matters is how you feel when you take them. If you think they work, that’s great, keep going. If you think they don’t, then don’t buy them. As for me, well, maybe I never take them long enough to feel any of the benefits. So maybe I will try them again, and this time for a longer period of time. I’ll let you know how it goes.
***Question for the comments…Do you take any kind of supplements? If you do, what would you say is your favorite one?
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